Minnesota Public Radio features by Cody Nelson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31260 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:00:53 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Cody Nelson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 #MPRbees? Thousands of bees swarm by our St. Paul office A beekeeper on Friday afternoon successfully got a large bee swarm down from the side of a church in downtown St. Paul so they can be transported to a safer new home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/22/bee-swarm-downtown-st-paul?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:33:52 -0500 Rivers of Oil, Episode 2: The largest inland spill This story isn't just about the risks of transporting huge amounts of oil through pipelines. It's also about the reward that oil provides. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/20/rivers-of-oil-podcast-line3-pipeline-ep2-spill?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:02:00 -0500 Rivers of Oil podcast, Episode 1: Pipes Pipelines are everywhere, 2.5 million miles of them, forming a web under our feet, our rivers, our roads. And today, nearly every time a new pipeline is proposed, it's met with protest. Now, the battle over those pipelines -- with all its costs and its chaos -- looks to be headed for Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/19/rivers-of-oil-podcast-line3-pipeline-ep1-pipes?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:02:00 -0500 Minn. regulators will soon decide on the Line 3 oil pipeline's fate. Here's how to follow along State regulators are holding hearings this week as they make final decisions on whether to let Enbridge Energy build its controversial oil pipeline replacement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/18/line-3-faq-enbridge-oil-pipeline-decision-puc?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:30:15 -0500 Minnesota's Line 3 oil pipeline proposal: The basics If you follow the news at all, you've probably heard about an oil pipeline proposal called Line 3. Another boring infrastructure project? Think again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/18/enbridge-line-3-oil-pipeline-basics-faq-tar-sands?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Smart sprinklers slashing lawn water use in Woodbury Sprinkler systems can waste a lot of water and money. In Woodbury, however, residents are saving both by using smart controllers for irrigation systems. Here's how the city-led effort works. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/07/smart-irrigation-sprinkler-controller-woodbury-water-conservation?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:45:06 -0500 'This is a moral issue': Faith leaders team up against Line 3 oil pipeline More than 500 religious leaders have signed a letter to state leaders opposing Enbridge Energy's contentious pipeline plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/31/minnesota-faith-leaders-team-up-against-line-3-oil-pipeline?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2018 13:10:05 -0500 How Minnesota's land use contributes to climate change Agriculture is the dominant use of Minnesota's land. But people don't directly eat most of what that land produces, which is symptomatic of a major worldwide climate threat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/24/minnesota-land-use-climate-change?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Environment, tribal groups rally to fight Line 3 oil pipeline A cadre of environmental and tribal groups camped in downtown St. Paul on Friday and Saturday for an anti-Line 3 rally and to take pledges from people who promise to continue fighting the pipeline, if it's approved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/19/environment-tribal-groups-rally-to-fight-line-3-oil-pipeline?refid=0 Sat, 19 May 2018 15:10:00 -0500 Senate passes plan to approve Line 3 oil pipeline The bill would bypass regulators' processes for deciding the fate of Enbridge Energy's contentious plan to build an oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/16/senate-passes-plan-to-approve-line-3-oil-pipeline?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2018 17:15:53 -0500 You're wasting water on your lawn. Here's how to stop this summer. More than 60 percent of Twin Cities area residents with irrigation systems are using far more water than they need, a recent U survey found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/16/over-watering-spring-lawn-care?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2018 13:22:14 -0500 This grain fights climate change -- and makes a tasty Minnesota beer Kernza's a sustainable wheat that could revolutionize agriculture, if only farmers had a reason to plant it. Beer might just do it, and it turns out the Twin Cities is a hotspot for Kernza brew. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/10/kernza-beer-perennial-grain-climate-change?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Meet the giant company behind the Superior oil refinery that exploded The refinery that exploded and caught fire in late April in Superior, Wis., is a multinational company whose major shareholder is the 23rd richest man in the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/03/who-is-husky-chemical-superior-oil-refinery-explosion-fire?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2018 11:00:00 -0500 Minnesota sues EPA over rollback of vehicle emission rules The Environmental Protection Agency has announced its intent to abandon stricter greenhouse gas emission regulations for 2022-2025 model year vehicles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/01/minnesota-sues-epa-over-rollback-of-vehicle-emission-rules?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2018 17:20:25 -0500 New project expands solar offerings for Minn. residents Beginning Tuesday, residents from 34 Minnesota counties can enroll in an eight-farm community solar network. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/01/new-project-expands-solar-offerings-for-minn-residents?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton: No 'viable way' to build new Line 3 pipeline on current route The governor said he is not taking a position on the contentious Line 3 replacement plan. But he said a judge's recommendation to run the new oil pipeline where the old one sits doesn't seem feasible because it runs through tribal lands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/25/dayton-no-viable-way-for-line-3-to-run-on-current-route?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:54:46 -0500 Line 3 timeline: From construction to present day battles Enbridge Energy wants to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline. The nearly 50-year-old pipeline has transported enormous amounts of crude from Canada, and been subject to multiple disasters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/23/timeline-line-3-enbridge-oil-pipeline?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:40:52 -0500 Cleaning up polluted water is tough, but possible. Here's how Removing pollutants from a body of water is costly, time-consuming and rare. But there are some success stories, and MPR News took a look at two of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/23/cleaning-up-polluted-water?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 4 ways to cut your carbon footprint that are way more powerful than recycling Researchers have identified the four highest-impact actions individuals can take to help the climate. You may not like them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/19/4-ways-to-cut-your-carbon-footprint-that-are-way-more-powerful-than-recycling?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Video: Here's how Minnesota is doing with renewable energy Just ahead of Earth Day, MPR News takes stock of the state's moves away from coal and toward renewable energy sources like solar and wind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/18/how-minnesota-is-doing-with-renewable-energy?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Here's what you can do about plastic pollution Under current conditions, 13.2 billion tons of plastic will be either litter or in landfills by 2050. However, addressing this issue isn't a hopeless cause, and there are some things we can do about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/17/what-you-can-do-about-plastic-pollution?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 How the warming climate will turn the Boundary Waters into a barren grassland If our climate continues on its current trajectory (read: if our carbon emissions stay the same), researchers predict the Boundary Waters will transition into a savannah. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/16/climate-change-boundary-waters-grassland?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Yes, ice-out is late in Minnesota. Yes, the climate is still warming. Ice-out is running late this spring on lakes across Minnesota's southern half, but "the overall trend in ice coverage is going down," a DNR climatologist says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/06/late-ice-out-minnesota-lakes?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:12:41 -0500 Go vegan, save the world? Study highlights benefits of eating more plants New research analyzes how much nutrition is "lost" when farmland is used to raise and feed animals, rather than grow plants for human consumption. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/04/study-vegan-diet-could-feed-twice-us-population?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:43:38 -0500 EPA chief under fire for favorable condo rental linked to Enbridge lobbyist Scott Pruitt reportedly rented a Washington condo for $50 a night from a woman married to the head of a powerful lobbying firm that has worked for Enbridge and other energy interests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/03/epa-chief-under-fire-for-favorable-condo-rental-linked-to-enbridge-lobbyist?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:10:48 -0500 Meet Cathy Stepp, the EPA leader now overseeing Minnesota and making environmentalists nervous The new EPA regional administrator brings a worrisome past for environmentalists. Minnesota officials, though, aren't concerned with what her leadership may bring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/03/epa-cathy-stepp-region-5-controversy-regulation?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 10:42:00 -0500 Report: Solar jobs in Minn. jumped 113% over 2 years Jobs in the solar energy industry exploded across the country and here in Minnesota, according to a new report from the Solar Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/29/solar-jobs-on-the-rise-in-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 06:53:08 -0500 Leak: EPA tells staff to promote 'gaps' in climate science, contradicting evidence Talking points given to agency employees say "clear gaps remain" in scientific understanding of human's impact on climate change, contradicting the scientific community's general consensus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/28/epa-memo-leak-talking-points-downplay-climate-change-science?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:14:45 -0500 Can woodchips, wetlands clean polluted Vermillion River? The iconic Dakota County river has struggled for decades with nitrate runoff from local farms. Watershed experts are experimenting with an approach that may aid the Vermillion and other Minnesota waters, if it works. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/26/fighting-water-pollution-in-dakota-county-with-woodchips?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Read the charges against Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor in death of Justine Ruszczyk Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor faces third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in the killing of Justine Ruszczyk, aka Damond, last summer. Here's what the charges mean. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/20/inside-the-charges-for-mohamed-noor-shooting-justine-ruszczyk-damond?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0500 Did 3M pay a professor to influence science on harmful chemical? Attorney General Lori Swanson's office is alleging that a renowned toxicologist took at least $2 million in payments from 3M to help the company "command" science regarding a toxic chemical that was at the heart of a lawsuit brought by the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/12/3m-professor-giesy-influence-pfcs?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:49:37 -0500 Your yard is a powerful force against climate change Even tiny green spaces in urban areas appear to be more impactful in the fight against a warming climate than scientists realized. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/09/backyard-carbon-storage-study-climate-change?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Shorter winter may impact Minn. fisheries, bring more toxic algae Decreasing ice seasons could mean major changes for Minnesotans' prized lakes by impacting fishing and increasing the prevalence of toxic algae blooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/05/climate-change-effects-minnesota-lakes-toxic-algae-fishery?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Report: Russian trolls roiled Standing Rock pipeline fight A U.S. House committee says Russians tried to sway Americans' opinions on oil pipelines as part of what's described as a massive social-media influence campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/01/report-russians-invoked-standing-rock-in-online-influence-campaign?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 15:03:19 -0600 'Extreme' warm temps hit North Pole during what's usually a cold time Temperatures soared about 50 degrees higher than normal in the Arctic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/26/north-pole-high-temps-climate-change?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:59:23 -0600 Minn. man sees warming climate through outdoor hockey's decline A southeast Minnesota man shares his story of how winters aren't the same here anymore. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/22/climate-change-outdoor-hockey-decline?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:47:33 -0600 Meet the bloody red shrimp, Lake Superior's newest invasive critter Bloody red shrimp are now in all of the Great Lakes. Monitoring continues but it doesn't appear the shrimp are spreading in Superior. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/16/lake-superior-first-bloody-red-invasive-shrimp-discovered?refid=0 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:56:40 -0600 MPR parent company partners with New York Times' 'The Daily' podcast A 30-minute version of The Daily will air on MPR News at 6:30 p.m. beginning in April, according to Nancy Cassutt, MPR News' executive director. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/13/apm-the-daily-new-york-times-partnership?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:17:46 -0600 Public urged to speak up now on controversial PolyMet mine Two public meetings this week are among the final shots the public will have to comment on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/07/polymet-copper-nickel-mine-hearing-preview?refid=0 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 10:49:35 -0600 Michele Bachmann: No sign from God so no run for Senate "It became very clear to me that I wasn't hearing any call from God to do this," Bachmann told radio host Jan Markell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/05/michele-bachmann-not-running-for-franken-senate-seat?refid=0 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:03:51 -0600 Behind the scenes of the Super Bowl halftime show with a crew member Delane Cleveland, one of the 500 field team members who put in place the halftime show stage, told MPR News about his experience making the big event happen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/04/super-bowl-halftime-show-worker-justin-timberlake-prince?refid=0 Sun, 04 Feb 2018 19:00:45 -0600 Super Bowl: Police remove protesters after brief shut down of light rail near U Protesters briefly blocked Metro Transit light rail trains on the Green Line heading near the University of Minnesota's West Bank. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/04/super-bowl-protesters-shutting-down-light-rail-near-us-bank-stadium?refid=0 Sun, 04 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0600 Think road salt won't reach your drinking water? Ask Madison How much should Minnesotans worry about the water coming out of our taps? In the short term, probably not much. But you don't have to go far for a lesson on complacency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/02/road-salt-trickling-into-drinking-water-madison?refid=0 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Trump didn't say anything on climate, environment issues in State of the Union He never said the word "climate," nor did he mention the environment once. The closest Trump came to touching on either issue was when he talked about energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/31/trump-sotu-skips-all-mentions-of-climate-change-environment?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:32:53 -0600 Climate have you feeling anxious, depressed? You're not alone "I don't think there's a single person who doesn't have climate anxiety of some degree," said Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a psychiatrist know for her work on the psychological effects of climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/29/climate-cast-depression-anxiety?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:35:00 -0600 Grand juries, explained Convening a grand jury is one way a prosecutor can determine whether to bring charges against someone who is suspected of committing a crime. Here's a look at how grand juries work, why they exist and what makes them so controversial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/24/grand-jury-explain?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:02:56 -0600 These Lake Superior caribou faced death. Then a helicopter came Wildlife officials recently airlifted nine caribou off a Canadian island in the big lake, hoping to save a population decimated by wolves. The changing climate forced humans to intervene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/19/caribou-airlifted-lake-superior-island?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:15:41 -0600 4 earth-friendly tips to clean up your icy sidewalk You don't want to slip and fall on the ice. We get that. But there are things you can do to keep sidewalks and driveways safe while minimizing the impact on water and soil. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/11/how-to-go-easy-on-the-environment-while-clearing-your-snowy-icy-sidewalks?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:07:48 -0600 4 things to know about the PolyMet mine There are years of news to delve into with the PolyMet Mining saga, but here are four of the most important parts at play today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/05/4-things-to-know-about-polymet-mine?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:35:55 -0600 Minnesota man attempts a climbing first on remote Canadian peak Lonnie Dupre and climbing partner Pascale Marceau will try ascending Canada's Mount Lucania in what could become the first summit of the remote peak during winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/03/lonnie-dupre-pascale-marceau-lucania-winter-first-summit?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:56:54 -0600 Switching to a climate-friendly car isn't as costly as you may think If you choose to own and drive a car, the entry price for used electric and hybrid vehicles is getting lower with each passing year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/19/how-to-pick-climate-friendly-car?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0600 Despite allegations, some Minnesotans want Franken to stay in Senate Many Minnesotans still want Al Franken in office, despite allegations from several women he acted inappropriately toward them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/06/minnesota-reaction-franken-allegations?refid=0 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:09:14 -0600 Road salt is polluting our water. Here's how we can fix it Minnesota dumps some 730 million pounds of salt on roadways each winter, and it's posing a major risk to the environment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/06/road-salt-water-pollution?refid=0 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600 For MPR and Keillor, ties bound became ties broken Garrison Keillor and Minnesota Public Radio grew up and prospered together in a nearly 50-year relationship that propelled public radio across the nation. It unraveled Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/01/garrison-keillor-mpr-ties-broken?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600 4 alternatives to the madness that is Black Friday in Minnesota Hitting the great outdoors (for free!), ringing in the new year, or scoping out some art or holiday lights are among your options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/22/minnesota-black-friday-alternatives?refid=0 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:30:00 -0600 Know your pork: Comparing 2 very different pig farms Minnesota farmers marketed 16 million pigs last year. Here's a look at how 5,200 of them were raised at two farms with contrasting approaches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/20/pig-farm-compairison?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Demystifying the complex world of water: Your questions, answered You ask, we answer. Here are five of your questions related to water, answered by MPR News reporters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/06/minnesota-water-questions-pollution-health?refid=0 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:10:00 -0600 'Pick up your garbage': Fish found growing with trash wrapped around its body A strange catch in Canada has one angler reminding us to do one simple thing: "Pick up your garbage." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/01/canada-fish-caught-trash-powerade-wrapped-around?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:15:13 -0500 How criminalizing sex work can make people unsafe One sex worker explained why she wants the public's social and legal views of her industry to change so that workers can be safe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/31/sex-worker-interview-law-safety?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:00:00 -0500 Report: Minnesota on track to hit Paris climate goals A new report from the U.S. Climate Alliance says its 14 member states should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent of their 2005 levels by 2025. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/21/report-minnesota-on-track-to-hit-paris-climate-goals?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:41:38 -0500 4 Minn. fall foliage hunting tips from the DNR's leaf color forecaster While not perfect, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has methods for predicting when and where the beauty will burst. The DNR's fall-color point person tells us how it works. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/20/minnesota-fall-color-foliage-hunting-tips?refid=0 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:03:38 -0500 Unhealthy air expected again for swath of southern Minn. Almost the entire southern half of Minnesota will have air quality unhealthy for some people on Friday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/14/friday-minnesota-air-quality-alert?refid=0 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:58:52 -0500 Dayton rips Trump over ending 'Dreamers' protections Hundreds of people rallied in Minneapolis following President Trump's move to end legal protections for more than 6,000 immigrants in Minnesota. The governor and the state's two DFL U.S. senators opposed Trump's decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/05/minnesota-daca-reaction?refid=0 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:37:04 -0500 Hmong dance team mentor accuses Lynx of using 'exploitative' sales tactics A school's Hmong dance team called off a performance at Friday's Lynx game after realizing it was, in his words, a "pay to play" deal rather than a genuine performance invitation. The Lynx issued a statement apologizing for "any miscommunication surrounding the performance." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/31/hmong-dance-team-mentor-says-lynx-use-exploitative-sales-tactics?refid=0 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:05:22 -0500 Mpls. police arrest man in downtown shooting of bystander The shooting victim was still receiving medical care at HCMC. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/25/mpls-police-arrest-man-for-downtown-shooting-of-bystander?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:43:44 -0500 Dangerous algae found in Woodbury's Carver Lake Public health officials urge people to keep themselves and their pets out of the water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/25/dangerous-algae-found-in-carver-lake?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:18:06 -0500 Minnesota's massive measles outbreak may be over If health officials don't identify new cases before Friday, they'll declare the measles outbreak finished. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/24/minnesota-massive-measles-outbreak-may-be-over?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 18:25:51 -0500 Minneapolis cyclist dies after crash with van The crash happened early Thursday morning in Minneapolis' Hawthorne neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/17/minneapolis-cyclist-dies-after-crash-with-van?refid=0 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:18:10 -0500 How to enjoy the eclipse, and not burn out your eyes This will be the United States' first coast-to-coast solar eclipse since 1918. Plus: Things to know, places to watch and how to keep your eyes safe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/17/eclipse-faq-guide?refid=0 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00:01 -0500 Walz decries transgender troop ban as 'driven by hate' Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation immediately criticized the president's surprise announcement to bar transgender people from military service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/26/minnesota-delegation-reacts-trump-transgender-military-ban?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:51:48 -0500 Hodges says Mpls. should skip wide search for new police chief The mayor said she's heard constituents call for urgency in changing police leadership, so she wants to skip the "lengthy process" of searching externally for a new chief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/25/hodges-says-mpls-should-skip-wide-search-for-new-police-chief?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:21:17 -0500 BCA: Officer 'startled' by noise before partner fatally shot woman The two officers involved in the shooting of Justine Ruszczyk -- Mohamed Noor and Matthew Harrity -- have served for fewer than three years combined. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/18/bca-police-shooting-details-ruszczyk?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:36:25 -0500 Thousands of mink set loose from farm in Stearns County Between 30,000 and 40,000 mink were set loose from a farm that raises the animal for pelts, according to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office says. They're valued at more than $750,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/17/thousands-of-mink-set-loose-from-farm-near-st-cloud?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 14:17:26 -0500 Photos: Minnesotans put on a show at X Games in skateboarding Alec Majerus — a 22-year-old Rochester, Minn., native — won a silver medal at the X Games' men's street skateboard final Saturday night at U.S. Bank Stadium while 19-year-old Stillwater, Minn., native Nicole Hause just missed the podium in the women's skateboard park final. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/16/photos-minnesotans-put-on-a-show-at-x-games-in-skateboarding?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 From Minnesota streets to X Games star: Alec Majerus' path to the pros Now one of the nation's top professional skateboarders, Minnesotan Alec Majerus got his start with many jumps -- and more than a few falls -- around Rochester. He'll compete in this weekend's X Games in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/13/skateboarder-alec-majerus-minnesota-to-x-games-star?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:39:45 -0500 Teen girl reported missing in Stearns County Sienna Paige Stice, 17, was last seen Sunday evening after apparently leaving to go on a walk from her home north of Kimball, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/11/young-woman-reported-missing-in-stearns-co?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:26:46 -0500 Eel caught in southwest Minn. lake after lengthy swim DNR fisheries workers netted an American eel late last month, just the second such creature caught in a Minnesota lake in 25 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/06/eel-caught-in-southwest-minn-lake-after-lengthy-swim?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:43:26 -0500 One software engineer's fight for transparent government Tony Webster, a freelance software engineer, is also one of Minnesota's most crusading journalists, making a name for himself by advocating for open governments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/03/tony-webster-interview-open-government-data-foia?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jul 2017 16:20:55 -0500 Your severe weather survival guide MPR News has compiled this guide for staying safe in warm-weather storms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/13/severe-weather-safety-guide?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0500 Judge sides with Ilhan Omar in case of discrimination by D.C. cab driver A judge suspended Uka Onuma's cab driver's license for 45 days, fined him $1,000 and ordered him to take anger-management and cultural-sensitivity classes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/08/ilhan-omar-dc-cab-driver-ruling?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:50:46 -0500 4 charged in rape, robbery in downtown St. Paul Three of the four men charged are known gang members, according to the Ramsey County Attorney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/08/4-charged-in-violent-rape-robbery-in-downtown-st-paul?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:25:17 -0500 Police investigating teen's shooting death in south Mpls. Gregory Lawrence Robinson died Monday morning after being shot in the chest in south Minneapolis, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/07/police-investigating-teens-shooting-death-in-south-mpls?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:17:05 -0500 Go outside: Minnesota state parks are free on Saturday The Department of Natural Resources is waiving admission fees for all 75 state parks for National Get Outdoors Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/07/free-state-park-admission-saturday?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0500 Police: 2 women raped, robbed near Raspberry Island in downtown St. Paul St. Paul police believe they have all four suspects in custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/06/police-2-women-sexually-assaulted-robbed-near-raspberry-island-in-st-paul?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:06:45 -0500 Minnesota joins 'Climate Alliance' to uphold Paris pact Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday joined a group of states that say they'll uphold the emission reduction targets laid out in the Paris climate accord. The move comes after President Trump last week pulled U.S. support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/05/minnesota-joins-climate-alliance-to-uphold-paris-pact?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:48:55 -0500 U athletics administrator gets 2-week suspension for sexual harassment The university on Thursday released the findings of an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Randy Handel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/25/u-sex-harassment-randy-handel-suspension?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2017 19:21:29 -0500 Happy birthday, Star Tribune On this day 150 years ago, the Minneapolis Daily Tribune published issue No. 1. Newspapers have changed a little bit in the meantime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/25/star-tribune-150-anniversary?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Paulsen joins Democrats' call for independent Russia probe after Comey firing Breaking with most of his party, Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen on Wednesday called for an independent investigation into President Trump's abrupt firing of former FBI Director James Comey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/10/paulsen-joins-democrats-call-for-independent-russia-probe-after-comey-firing?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2017 16:57:41 -0500 Hungry goats join the ranks of St. Paul city staff Some three dozen goats took to the bluffs at Indian Mounds Regional Park on Tuesday where they'll start chomping down on invasive plants like buckthorn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/03/st-paul-goats-eating-invasive-species?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2017 06:00:00 -0500 Why did Scarsella get 15 years for shooting 5? Because he's white, critics say A local NAACP leader and some of Jamar Clark's family said they're disappointed in Allen Scarsella's sentence for shooting five people at a north Minneapolis protest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/26/scarsella-sentencing-racial-bias-accusations?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:30:42 -0500 Robert Pirsig, author of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," dies at 88 Pirsig's death came after a "period of failing health," his publisher William Morrow & Company said in a statement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/24/books-robert-pirsig-author-zen-art-motorcycle-maintenance-dies-88?refid=0 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:00:00 -0500 4/20 probably won't be legal in Minnesota anytime soon On stoners' biggest day of the year, here's where two legal marijuana bills sit at the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/20/marijuana-legalization-check-in?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:30:30 -0500 Think your child has the measles? Call before you seek care The highly contagious disease is generally preventable by a vaccine, but there's been a recent outbreak of at least nine cases among unvaccinated kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/18/hallberg-measles-outbreak-primer?refid=0 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:56:57 -0500 Lawsuit: Customs must hand over travel ban documents Minnesota's office of the American Civil Liberties Union has joined a lawsuit seeking the release of documents on the implementation of President Trump's bans on travel from Muslim-majority countries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/12/lawsuit-aclu-customs-must-hand-over-travel-ban-documents?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:37:35 -0500 Why 'The Root Beer Lady' got into soda-making Dorothy Molter's foray into making root beer started with an executive order from President Truman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/11/history-dorothy-molter-boundary-waters-root-beer-lady?refid=0 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:19:00 -0500 Once-fired St. Paul cop allowed back on force; seen on video kicking man during arrest Brett Palkowitsch's firing was reduced to a 30-day unpaid suspension, according to arbitration documents released Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/05/palkowitsch-reinstated-st-paul-police-frank-baker?refid=0 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:30:51 -0500 A killer opioid's dark pathway to Minnesota Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid, is being blamed for five overdose deaths in Minnesota. This is how it got here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/31/carfentanil-pathway-to-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:22:55 -0500 Here's how 2 sentences could guard Minnesotans' internet privacy The Minnesota Senate's jobs bill contains a provision that would block internet service providers from collecting data on Minnesota users. Here's where that fits into the national privacy debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/31/minnesota-senate-internet-privacy-isp?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:00:03 -0500 Understanding the confusing battle over 'sanctuary cities' A political and legal battle is brewing over the Trump administration's crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities that allegedly don't comply with federal immigration law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/31/sanctuary-city-explainer?refid=0 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:33:07 -0500 Aaron Copland didn't like his famous nickname He was known as the Dean of American Composers. "That's just a name that somebody pinned up," Copland said. "It doesn't mean a thing." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/28/history-aaron-copland-dean?refid=0 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0500 More refugees expected to flee to Canada in 2017 The Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, which provides legal assistance for refugees looking for asylum, expects to handle 1,000 asylum claims this year -- about five times the 2016 amount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/20/more-refugees-expected-to-flee-to-canada-in-2017?refid=0 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:59:08 -0500 Charges: Mpls. cop kicked man in face, causing brain injury Christopher Michael Reiter, 36, faces a felony third-degree assault charge for the incident, which happened while he was responding to a domestic assault call last spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/15/charges-minneapolis-cop-kicked-man-in-face-causing-tbi?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:16:03 -0500 After CBO report, here's where the MN delegation stands on health bill Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday the Republican bill could cost the state billions in federal funds in the first year and a half. But Minnesota Republicans say the bill fixes problems with the nation's healthcare law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/14/cbo-report-gop-health-care-bill-minnesota-congress-responds?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:29:08 -0500 Drone out: 'The revolution will be asleep' Doctors Without Borders got a donation of some $4,000 from a strange source: a 28-hour drone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/02/drone-not-drones-cedar-cultural-center?refid=0 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0600 A cautionary tale of a governor switcheroo When Gov. Mark Dayton was asked about speculation that he might resign before his term ends, he referred to this story from 40 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/28/history-wendell-anderson?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0600 Man kicked by St. Paul cop, bitten by K-9 sues city Frank Baker, an African-American man bitten by a police dog and kicked by an officer during a June 2016 arrest, is suing the city and several cops for at least $5 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/17/frank-baker-st-paul-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:54:02 -0600 Klobuchar: White House's Russia ties put U.S. in 'very vulnerable position' U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said the U.S. should launch several investigations of Michael Flynn and his connections to Russia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/14/klobuchar-wants-senate-probe-flynn?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:58:49 -0600 Appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/09/travel-ban-appeals-court-decision-trump?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:26:30 -0600 Somali girl reunited with family after being barred from U.S. under Trump travel ban Mushkaad Abdi, 4, was initially blocked from coming to the U.S. because of President Trump's refugee ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/02/somali-girl-reunited-with-family-after-being-barred-from-us-under-trump-travel-ban?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:59:56 -0600 Minnesota AG Swanson joins suit against Trump's immigration order Lori Swanson, the state attorney general, has joined a lawsuit alleging that President Trump's halt on immigration from seven countries is unconstitutional. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/01/minnesota-ag-swanson-joins-suit-against-trumps-immigration-ban?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:19:19 -0600 Who are Minnesota's refugees? Refugees arrived in Minnesota from 25 different nations in 2016 -- including 5 of the 7 countries whose immigration to the U.S. was frozen by Trump's recent executive order. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/01/who-are-the-minnesota-refugees-explainer?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:14:49 -0600 Walz: Customs officials refused to discuss travel ban When U.S. Rep. Tim Walz tried getting details on President Trump's recent executive order, customs officials wouldn't talk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/01/walz-customs-blocked-from-talking-about-travel-ban?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:48:26 -0600 When Mark Dayton got into politics If you were born anytime in the past 35 years or so, you might not realize there was a time when Mark Dayton was not a full-time politician. Dayton turns 70 on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/26/history-mark-dayton-announces-us-senate-run?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0600 In his own words: The night 'The Body' became the governor Three days after his upset in the Minnesota governor's race, Jesse Ventura sat down with former MPR News host Gary Eichten to tell his story of election night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/19/history-jesse-ventura-gary-eichten-election-victory-interview?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0600 Winter heat wave closes Stillwater Ice Castles for at least 2 days Icy walking surfaces turn to slush when it's warm, so the Ice Castles will be closed Thursday and Friday. It's likely they'll stay shut through the weekend -- and possibly into next week, organizers said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/18/stillwater-ice-castles-temporarily-closed?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:53:19 -0600 Get moving: Even weekend exercise can keep you alive longer A new study concludes that meeting just minimum exercise guidelines can lower death risk by around 30 percent. "We don't move enough," medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg tells MPR News. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/17/jama-study-exercise-guidlineshow-much-is-enough?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:36:41 -0600 Bon Iver cancels 'Prairie Home' appearance, Euro tour The band made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning, citing only "personal reasons." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/04/bon-iver-cancels-prairie-home-appearance-euro-tour?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:12:08 -0600 Pipeline protesters had Vikings tickets, entered U.S. Bank Stadium 'properly' Officials say Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters brought climbing gear and a large banner into U.S. Bank Stadium under "winter clothing" on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/03/dakota-access-pipeline-protesters-had-vikings-tickets-entered-us-bank-stadium-properly?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:22:08 -0600 Judge tosses lawsuit that threatened small-town newspaper The Timberjay, an award-winning northern Minnesota paper, was sued by its part-owners in what the publisher labeled an act of retaliation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/29/timberjay-newspaper-lawsuit-dismissed?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:16:22 -0600 Klobuchar says Russia sanctions are 'just the beginning' The Obama administration's sanctions against Russia were needed to halt the country's "longstanding practice" of cyberattacks, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/29/amy-klobuchar-on-russian-sanctions?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:14:17 -0600 Hundreds sign petition calling for firing of Gopher football coach University of Minnesota head football coach Tracy Claeys has been criticized for how he responded to his team's now-rescinded boycott over 10 players' suspension for a sexual assault case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/27/petition-fire-gopher-football-coach-claeys?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:17:51 -0600 On New Year's Day, Minnesota will officially change how it picks presidential candidates While it won't really matter until 2020, Minnesota will officially make the switch from presidential caucuses to primaries on Jan. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/27/minnesota-adopts-presidential-primary-system?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Two found dead after apparent murder-suicide in Faribault Faribault police say it appears former police captain Richard Larson shot and killed his ex-wife, Barbara Larson, and then killed himself. She had taken a restraining order out against him earlier this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/23/faribault-two-dead-chamber-commerce?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:46:15 -0600 Ag. Dept. warns of Norseman spirit made with leather Minneapolis company Norseman Distillery says its Leathered Aquavit is safe to drink, but the state's agriculture department disagrees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/22/agriculture-department-norseman-leather-aquavit-warning?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:56:31 -0600 Why colleges can punish sexual assault better than the courts When the University of Minnesota suspended 10 football players after investigating alleged sexual assaults that a prosecutor declined to charge, it illustrated how colleges can be better equipped to punish sexual violence on campus than the justice system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/21/why-colleges-can-punish-sexual-assault-better-than-the-courts?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0600 Want to warm up tonight? You could head to space It's going to be colder than Mars across Minnesota on Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/15/minnesota-colder-than-mars?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:03:36 -0600 Twitter rises up for good: Campaigns spread to pay Twin Cities students' lunch debt Two separate campaigns are making their way around social media to help pay the school lunch debt for thousands of students in Minneapolis and St. Paul districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/10/pay-lunch-debt-minneapolis-st-paul-social-media-campaign?refid=0 Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0600 Standing Rock chair: Pipeline off treaty lands is OK, but climate change is the bigger issue "If for the first time this nation can listen and hear us, they'll understand that this is about climate change," Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault said of the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/07/standing-rock-chair-pipeline-off-treaty-lands-is-ok-climate-change?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:15:00 -0600 Blizzard warning up north, frigid temps statewide The National Weather Service has issued storm warnings for much of northwestern Minnesota starting Monday night, and temps are expected to take a polar plunge across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/05/freezing-temps-blizzard-warning?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:59:36 -0600 Nekima Levy-Pounds, attorney and activist, announces bid for Mpls. mayor The outgoing Minneapolis NAACP president says her campaign will focus on racial disparities, particularly on the unemployment and underemployment rates, as well as an "overhaul" of the criminal justice system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/14/nekima-levy-pounds-minneapolis-mayor-run?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:42:55 -0600 In campus free speech debate, nobody's really winning An incident at the University of Minnesota has become a flashpoint in the simmering debate over free speech on college campuses playing out across the state and nationwide this election season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/04/campus-free-speech-debate-politics?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Boat into concerts? That's the plan for First Avenue's amphitheater proposal First Avenue and developers have shared a detailed plan for redeveloping the Upper Harbor Terminal site in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/26/first-avenue-upper-harbor-development?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:38:29 -0500 Jerry and Patty Wetterling: 'Closure' a confusing word after truth about Jacob's death The fate of their 11-year-old son hung in limbo for 27 years after his disappearance on an October night in 1989. In September, they learned the truth: Jacob had been killed, hours after his abduction. And while they now have answers, Patty and Jerry Wetterling say "closure" is a whole other thing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/11/jerry-patty-wetterling?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:00:02 -0500 1 person dead in north metro helicopter crash Anoka County, Lino Lakes, Centennial Lakes, Blaine and State Patrol authorities are responding to the incident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/06/lino-lakes-helicopter-crash?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 18:13:43 -0500 Newspaper battle becomes a must-read in northern Minnesota Owners of The Timberjay and Cook News Herald are locked in a fight over the finances and futures of a beloved community newspaper. The battle heads to court this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/04/timberjay-newspaper-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 With BCA investigation over, what's next in Castile case? Ramsey County Attorney John Choi must now determine whether or not he will charge officer Jeronimo Yanez in Castile's death -- or if a grand jury will make the decision. Here's how grand juries work -- and why they've become such a controversial tool of the justice system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/28/grand-jury-process-controversy-explained-philando-castile?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:46:54 -0500 It begins: Here's how you can vote early in Minnesota Absentee or early voting for the general election begins today. Here's what you need to know to cast your ballot ahead of Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/23/minnesota-early-voting-guide-election-quiz?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis police will track race, gender at traffic stops The department hopes tracking demographic information, including race and gender, at certain stops will increase transparency and public trust. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/15/minneapolis-police-track-race-gender-traffic-stops?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:33:18 -0500 Boundary Waters newbie? Here's how to eat, plan, paddle and get home You've always wanted to do a Boundary Waters trip but it's a little scary, right? Don't worry. With a little research and planning, it's possible to take a first trip independently. Here's a quick guide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/11/newbie-guide-to-boundary-waters-camping?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis police have 'good leads' in fatal shooting A man reportedly riding his bike was shot in north Minneapolis Wednesday morning. The victim later died at the hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/03/fatal-north-minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:36:35 -0500 46 protesters charged with 3rd degree riot in I-94 shutdown Ramsey County District Court has set their bail at $1,500. Maximum sentences for third-degree riot in Minnesota are one year in prison, a $1,000 fine, or both. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/11/interstate-i94-shutdown-protest-charges-philando-castile?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:21:01 -0500 Tense evening after marchers, calling for racial justice, shut down I-94 Protesters marched for racial justice Saturday, disrupting traffic while calling for an end to police brutality. Interstate 94 was shut down for hours late Saturday as police and protesters faced off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/09/marchers-calling-for-racial-justice-create-traffic-snarls?refid=0 Sat, 09 Jul 2016 23:00:00 -0500 BCA identifies officer who killed Philando Castile The officer that fired the fatal shots has been identified as Jeronimo Yanez. A second officer has also been placed on administrative leave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/07/bca-identifies-officer-that-killed-philando-castile?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 22:35:38 -0500 How gun carry permit classes teach handling traffic stops According to Facebook video, Philando Castile seemed to be following protocol for a gun carry permit holder. But many details about the deadly traffic stop are still unclear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/07/gun-permit-carriers-traffic-stops?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:27:06 -0500 Colleagues, family call Philando Castile good-hearted, hard worker The man shot and killed Wednesday by police during a Falcon Heights traffic stop worked in St. Paul public schools and was remembered warmly. "They killed a innocent man," said his maternal grandfather. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/07/who-was-philando-castile?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:33:23 -0500 How to make sure you keep seeing MPR News stories on Facebook Facebook is making some big changes to your News Feed. Here's how to make sure you keep seeing the posts you want. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/05/how-to-keep-seeing-facebook-page-posts?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:36:31 -0500 Minneapolis passes paid sick leave mandate The City Council on Friday unanimously agreed to give full-time, part-time and temporary Minneapolis employees one hour of paid sick or safe time for every 30 hours they work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/27/minneapolis-passes-paid-sick-safe-leave-mandate?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2016 12:04:42 -0500 MN United unveils new stadium renderings, gets liquor license The team got two of its three asks from the Legislature: a liquor license and a property tax exemption for the stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/26/minnesota-united-fc-stadium-new-renderings?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 14:37:08 -0500 With no route to run, the Minneapolis Marathon is canceled The Team Ortho Foundation, the nonprofit that organizes the marathon, didn't lock down routes in time for the June 5 event. Organizers are offering full refunds to runners who already registered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/25/2016-minneapolis-marathon-cancelled-team-ortho-foundation?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2016 17:29:00 -0500 Eden Prairie man charged in stabbing death of pregnant wife Yevgeniy Savenok, 30, stabbed 23-year-old Lyuba Savenok multiple times with a kitchen knife Saturday morning, according to the Hennepin County Attorney. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/eden-prairies-murder-charges-stabbing-pregnant-wife?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2016 15:58:24 -0500 The media, the protest movement and Unicorn Riot Online news startup Unicorn Riot has found a cultural niche reporting on the voices within social justice movements that traditional media can leave out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/05/unicorn-riot-media-protest-movement?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2016 15:00:00 -0500 Homeland Security investigating alleged Somali profiling by TSA The announcement comes shortly after a senior TSA manager in Minnesota said his bosses told him to profile Somali people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/05/homeland-security-investigating-racial-profiling-allegations-tsa?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2016 14:33:26 -0500 16 things you should know about Prince The Purple One was a giant in the music world, penning hits for other artists and widely cited as an influence and mentor by other performers. While all the world discusses him after his death, here are a few things you should know. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/21/things-you-should-know-about-prince?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Highway 100 closing this weekend, again Beginning Friday night, drivers can expect detours at I-394 and Highway 62. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/14/highway-100-closing-again?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:00:00 -0500 When the concert stage is in your living room Photojournalist Jackson Forderer spent two nights in the Mankato living room of Colin Scharf and Laura Schultz, documenting the thriving house show culture and community they're building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/08/minnesota-home-concerts-photos?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Blaine elementary teacher on leave after alleged sexual assault of student Kenneth Lee Sonnenfeld, Jr., 52, was arrested Tuesday night. He's was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct for touching a student in class. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/09/blaine-teacher-sexual-assault-charge?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:22:27 -0600 Today, across Minnesota: Democracy, township-style Tuesday is Township Day in Minnesota, when many of the state's 1,781 townships will host elections and decide their tax levels for the next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/08/mn-township-elections?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2016 12:22:00 -0600 Why do we caucus in Minnesota? While all but 13 states have switched to using primaries for nominating presidential delegates, understanding Minnesota's political history can help explain why such an arcane process is still used here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/25/election-caucuses-not-primaries-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 St. Paul will explore making earned sick and safe time mandatory City leaders hope to convene a task force to explore specifics of how businesses of all sizes in St. Paul could offer earned sick and safe time benefits to their employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/28/stpaul-considers-mandatory-sick-leave?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Walter Mondale: U.S. must fill embassy vacancies The former vice president talked with Tom Crann about what he calls a security issue for the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/mondale-embassy-vacancy?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:01:53 -0600 Northern Lights may be visible tonight as geomagnetic storm heads our way If conditions align just right, the aurora borealis could be visible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/northern-lights-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:52:55 -0600 New year, new laws in Minnesota Perhaps the most notable new law taking effect Jan. 1 expands Minnesota's medical marijuana program to patients with intractable pain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/minnesota-new-laws-2016?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Friday Roundtable: Lessons after police shootings from across the country MPR News host Kerri Miller sat down with people from three communities -- Baltimore; North Charleston, S.C.; and Oakland, Calif. -- where recent police killings that to protests. What lessons can they share with Minneapolis? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/04/bcst-roundtable-jamarclark?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesota immigrant advocates take their message to Washington The group organizing the trip, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (Assembly for Civil Rights), will make a stop at a detention center in the nation's capitol. They hope to bring attention to recent decisions by Hennepin and Ramsey counties to stop complying with federal detainer requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/16/minnesota-immigrant-advocates-take-their-message-to-washington?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:29:46 -0500 Northstar commuter bus to expand, adjust fares Changes to the bus route's fare structures are to help bring them in line with Metro Transit's fees so riders will eventually be able to ride both the bus and the train with one payment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/01/northstar-commuter-bus-to-expand-adjust-fares?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:25:41 -0500 Marsh Lake restoration project poised for federal funds Construction of a dam on the Minnesota River near where it intersects with the Pomme de Terre created the 4,500-acre Marsh Lake in the 1930s. Now, it faces high turbidity, among other issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/23/marsh-lake-restoration-project-poised-for-federal-funds?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 17:49:41 -0500 Two St. Paul residents charged with sex trafficking A St. Paul man and woman have been charged with felony sex trafficking for forcing a 15-year-old girl to work as a prostitute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/news/saint-paul-sex-trafficking?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:44:37 -0600 Lakeville school honors teen killed in crash Lakeville North High School started classes Thursday with a moment of silence to honor a classmate who died Wednesday when her car slid into an oncoming SUV. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/news/lakeville-high-honors-teen-killed-in-crash?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:00:31 -0600 Capri Theater could get multi-million dollar boost with land purchase The last of what used to be 13 movie houses in north Minneapolis may soon undergo a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/20/arts/capri-theater?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Library services used by homeless get more resources, funds The downtown Minneapolis Central Library sees up to 400 homeless visitors on any given day and word is spreading that the library has services that can help those who need it. Now, those programs are getting a financial boost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/16/library-services-used-by-homeless-get-more-resources-funds?refid=0 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Remains identified of Mpls. woman missing since 1993 The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the remains of a Minneapolis woman who disappeared 20 years ago, opening up the investigation in a decades-old homicide case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/news/remains-identified?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:21:35 -0600 National duathlon championships coming to St. Paul Organizers from USA Triathlon expect the event to bring as many as 1,200 athletes to the city for the July 19 race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/03/sports/national-duathlon-championships-coming-to-st-paul?refid=0 Sun, 03 Nov 2013 11:43:30 -0600 For fringe candidates, it's about the principle Most candidates on the periphery of the Minneapolis mayoral race don't think they'll actually become the next mayor. But for some with more serious platforms, it's about bringing attention to an issue. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2566?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Stephanie Woodruff Minneapolis mayoral candidate Stephanie Woodruff has seen both sides of the economic divide. She has been a high-level corporate executive and a victim of the foreclosure crisis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2405?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Cam Winton With 35 candidates on the ballot, there has been no shortage of press conferences in the Minneapolis mayor's race. But none compares to Cam Winton's. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2404?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Don Samuels Don Samuels might have been a Jamaican gospel music star. Instead, his improbable path led him to the Minneapolis mayor's race. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2402?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Betsy Hodges Betsy Hodges enjoys balancing the billion-dollar Minneapolis city budget. And as chair of the City Council's Ways and Means/Budget Committee for the past four years, she's had plenty of practice. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/?p=2401?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Dan Cohen It's been more than 40 years since Dan Cohen held elected office, but he's one of the eight leading candidates to replace outgoing Mayor R.T. Rybak. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/minneapolis-mayoral-candidate-bio-dan-cohen/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Jackie Cherryhomes Cherryhomes' political career began in 1989 when she unseated the only African-American member of the Minneapolis City Council, Van White. Cherryhomes, who is white, would represent the most diverse ward in the city for the next 12 years. Since 2001, she has worked as a consultant and lobbyist. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/minneapolis-mayoral-candidate-bio-jackie-cherryhomes/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:11:47 -0500 Minneapolis mayoral candidate bio: Mark Andrew Fourteen years after Mark Andrew resigned from the Hennepin County Board, he's making a bid to return to elected office. http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/10/mayoral-candidate-bio-mark-andrew/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 05:56:38 -0500 Injuries among fears pushing some Minnesota kids away from football Football is king in Eden Prairie, and many boys hope to someday play for the town's famed high school team, which has won two straight state championships -- and eight since the mid-1990s. But Eden Prairie coaches are concerned the high school team may not have such a rich pool of players to choose from in the near future. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2013/10/injury-fear-pushing-many-minnesota-kids-away-from-football/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:56:37 -0500 New security measures, traffic patterns at the Twin Cities marathon Drivers will find a change in the traffic pattern this year. And marathon organizers will implement a new security measure in response to last spring's Boston marathon bombings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/05/twin-cities-marathon-changes?refid=0 Sat, 05 Oct 2013 14:59:25 -0500 Rehabbed raptors to be freed today The Raptor Center treats around 800 injured birds each year to get them strong enough to migrate and catch their own food again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/28/rehabbed-raptors-to-be-freed-today?refid=0 Sat, 28 Sep 2013 08:18:09 -0500 Police push nabs over 1,500 drunk drivers Police from 344 agencies around the state increased DWI enforcement in late summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/dwi-enforcement?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:14:17 -0500 Two arrested in alleged store manager kidnapping Medina police have arrested two suspects in the alleged kidnapping of a 37-year-old man. The man, whom police found unharmed and tied up in his trunk, manages a Verizon Wireless store in Minneapolis. Police say the two male suspects likely intended to steal his keys and rob the store. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/12/medina-police-arrest-two-in-kidnapping?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:39:06 -0500